Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon has admitted that he would love to have young Glasgow Rangers striker Ryan Hardie back at the club next season.
The 19-year-old attacker has spent time on loan with the second-tier outfit this season and has netted four goals in four starts for his temporary employers.
Hardie is expected to have a bright future at Ibrox and has shown that he knows where the back of the net is.
With Rangers winning promotion back to the Scottish Professional Football League, it is expected that Mark Warburton will splash the cash this summer and bring a host of new faces to the Glasgow outfit.
Where this leaves Hardie remains to be seen, with the young centre forward potentially set to be farmed out once more.
McKinnon has stated that if the opportunity arose he would have no hesitation in bringing the starlet back to Rovers.
“Honestly, I would love for Ryan Hardie to be back here next season,” CCP Sport quote him as saying.
“I know Ryan is absolutely loving it here and Mark Warburton is delighted with the way things are going for Ryan.
“If he is going out on loan next season, and it comes down to where he wants to be and how much he is enjoying things, then I’d like to think we would be in with a shout.
“We spoke to the guys at Rangers after the game on Saturday and they told us that he is really enjoying things at Raith, so hopefully that’s a factor.
“He is playing every week, he’s in a great dressing and is scoring goals, so we’ve not given up hope of getting him back.”
Hardie is a Scotland under-19’s international and a rising star of the Scottish game.